An update (and a recommendation)

It has been a busy fall semester. I know it is for everyone, not just me, though! We have handled a lot personally and professionally and it is now mid-semester. At Wheaton, we have quad courses which meet for half a semester. I’m in the usually dreaded position of adding a course at mid-term, instead of dropping one, but I am adding my Intro to Medical Physics course, so that is not a bother at all.

One particular professional challenge was converting my Physics of Music course, which previously had been a 2 credit hour course, to Physics of Sound, which is a 4 credit hour course with two tags in our new core system, Advanced Integrative Seminar and Scientific Practice. But it is a good challenge - good for me to grow, and I hope it is good for the students! I am really enjoying working with this group of students in particular.

On the research front, my abstract submission to SPIE Medical Imaging 2019 was accepted, so I am very excited about that. To be honest, I’m worried about the funding for travel: our institution has travel funds for faculty but I have already exhausted my allotment for the year. I want to be honest about it because it’s a reality of doing research at small institutions. So I’m crossing my fingers for a couple of options that might come through. More immediately, I am prepping a talk for the 2019 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, which is conveniently held in Chicago every year. I also have a poster and that is all done.

Lastly, I want to share something I recently purchased that has been a big help to me. I feel like I am always on the search for a practical but nice bag for work. The lines between work and personal life are so blurred that I really need a bag that can handle everything. And I really needed something that could be a backpack. I recently purchased the bag below, by Timbuk2. And it has been awesome. It holds a lot but since the bag is lightweight in the first place, it never feels like too much. Somehow, when it is backpack mode, the weight distribution is especially good and it doesn’t feel heavy at all.